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Catholicism and Irreligiosity in Society; Catholicism and Irreligiosity in Congress

Percent of Americans who indicate they are “Atheist,” “Agnostic,” or “Nothing in Particular” when asked to identify their religion in the 2014 Pew Religious Landscape Survey: 22.8%

Rank of Atheism/Agnostic/Nothing in American religious identifications: #2 (behind Protestant)

Percent of Americans who indicate they are “Catholic” when asked to identify their religion in the 2014 Pew […]

Congress Shows The True Face Of All Of The Above Energy

When it comes to energy, the Republican Party has developed what it thinks is a smooth tactic. Republicans saw that the “drill baby drill” motto, which reached its height during the failed presidential campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin, was too crass in its play for financial donations from Big Oil. It made GOP […]

Why Doesn’t Your U.S. Rep Support The End Warrantless Surveillance of Americans Act?

Yesterday, a Democrat and two Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the End Warrantless Surveillance of Americans Act, H.R. 2233. The bill would, if passed, prohibit the government from forcing software and technology companies to create “back doors” – secret means through which government agents can enter supposedly secure information systems to search […]

Members Of Congress Urge Building A Moon Base To Enrich Businesses In Their Districts

There isn’t a single supporter of H.R. 2036’s plan to establish a permanent Moon base who doesn’t come from a congressional district that receives significant economic benefit from NASA operations. […]

Howling Mad Dan Newhouse Brings Back An Old Scapegoat

Vultures killed thousands more cattle than wolves did. Hunters could kill all the wolves in North America, and predation on livestock would continue with little noticeable change. […]

Why Isn’t Your Member of Congress Supporting An End To Government Subsidies For Unsustainable Energy?

Solar power and wind power are sustainable sources of energy. The sun won’t go away for billions of years, and neither will the wind. These sources of energy are also clean. Their production doesn’t create air and water pollution, and doesn’t contribute to climate change.

Fossil fuels are unsustainable sources of energy. They are limited […]

In Tennessee, Voting For the Bible and Voting Against the Bible

The supporters of HB 0615, a bill before the Tennessee House of Representatives to “designate the Holy Bible as the official state book,” prevailed with 55 “Aye” votes. They are:

Rep. Alexander Rep. Brooks K. Rep. Butt Rep. Byrd Rep. Calfee Rep. Casada Rep. Coley Rep. DeBerry Rep. Doss Rep. Dunlap Rep. Dunn Rep. Durham […]

Latta: Big Money For Dirty Fossil Fuels, But Only Big Talk For Sustainable Energy

Congressman Robert Latta proposes an energy policy that favors the outdated, dirty, unsustainable energy sources of the last century. Is it a coincidence that his top contributions over the last few years have come from Marathon Petroleum? […]

How Many Members of Congress voting to Repeal Taxes on Mega-Inheritance also support a Minimum Wage Hike?

Number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted for H.R. 1105, a bill to repeal all taxes on the inheritance of mega-estates worth $5.34 million or more: two hundred and forty.

Number of estate tax filings in 2013, the last year for which data is available: ten thousand, one hundred and thirty […]

House Republicans Vote To Revive Predatory Loans For Mobile Homes

The only real purpose of H.R. 650, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, is to help a small number of people make a great deal of money from exploiting people who live near the predatory loan. Just five corporations issue the majority of chattel loans. […]

Meet Rand Paul’s Protege in Maine: State Senator Eric Brakey

In the 2014 election cycle, Rand Paul’s “leadership PAC” Reinventing A New Direction sent funds to just one candidate for the Maine State Legislature: Republican Eric Brakey of New Gloucester. With that kind of specificity, it’s fair to say that Rand Paul’s organization singled Eric Brakey as his kind of candidate. Brakey won office and […]